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Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen

Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen

1 August, 1774

British natural philosopher and chemist, Joseph Priestley, discovered oxygen on 1st August 1774. He was able to isolate the element in the gaseous state.

Even though the discovery of oxygen is generally credited to Priestley, two other famous scientists have laid claim – the German-Swedish chemist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, and the French nobleman and chemist, Antoine Lavoisier.

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